Category Archives: West Africa – Republic Of Guinea ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Just in: Guinea commemorates Sept 28 massacres.

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Conakry’s stadium is named 28 September in reference to the constitution signed on that date in 1958

  • Maliโ€™s transitional president appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, on Sunday as the West African nationโ€™s prime minister days after being sworn into office.
    The appointment of a civilian prime minister was a major condition imposed by the West African regional economic bloc, ECOWAS, on Mali to lift sanctions that were imposed after an Aug. 18 coup. ECOWAS had closed borders to Mali and stopped financial flows to put pressure on the junta to quickly return to a civilian government.

Former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah Nโ€™Daw was inducted Friday as the new transitional president while Col. Assimi Goita, head of the junta that staged the coup, was installed as Maliโ€™s new vice president. The three government heads are to lead the transitional government to an election in 18 months.

The appointment of Ouane, 64, was made by official decree Sunday and signed by Nโ€™Daw. Ouane was minister of foreign affairs from 2004 to 2011 under former President Amadou Toumani Toure. He also served as Maliโ€™s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1995 to 2002 and later as a diplomatic adviser to ECOWAS.

The junta, which calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in August, detaining him, the prime minister and other government officials. Keita, who became ill, was eventually released and has gone to the United Arab Emirates for treatment.

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ECOWAS became involved in negotiations that have pressed for a quick return to civilian rule.

U.N. officials have called for the release of the 13 of the 18 detained officials still being held at the Kati military camp in the Malian capital of Bamako.

There has been widespread concern that the upheaval in Mali will set back efforts to contain the countryโ€™s growing Islamic insurgency. After a similar coup in 2012, Islamic extremists grabbed control of major towns in northern Mali.

Only a 2013 military intervention led by France pushed extremists out of those towns and the international community has spent seven years battling the militants.


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Guinea’s opposition leader, Diallo announces presidential bid.

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Guinea’s former premier and leading opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo on Sunday announced his plans to run in next month’s election against President Alpha Conde, who is seeking a controversial third term.

Conde filed his nomination papers on Thursday despite outrage and widespread protests in which dozens have been killed.

The 82-year-old, nearing the end of his second and final five-year spell in office, this year pushed through a revamped constitution that opponents say was crafted to reset the term counter.

“I am running for the presidential election so that Alpha Conde will lose at the ballot box,” Diallo, head of the leading UFDG opposition party, told the press.

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The UFDG “felt it was best that in addition to the peaceful demonstrations against Alpha Conde’s third term in office, to also fight at the polls against this third term. We can do both at the same time,” said Diallo, 66, who had also contested the 2010 and 2015 presidential elections.

Diallo spoke shortly before the start of his party’s convention to designate him as its representative in the October 18 vote.

Conde ended months of speculation on September 2 by confirming that he would be the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) party’s candidate.

Protests against his suspected re-election plan erupted in the West African state in October last year but met with a ruthless crackdown, and several dozen people have died.

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Guinea’s opposition vowed Tuesday to return to the streets.

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    The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), an umbrella grouping of parties, labour unions and civil society groups, has been campaigning against the constitutional revision adopted in March, which it has denounced as an institutional coup.

Under Guinea’s constitution, presidents may only serve two terms. But according to analysts, the new constitution could reset the presidential term counter and enable him to run a third time — a view now confirmed by Conde and the RPG.

Conde is a former opposition figure who was jailed under previous regimes in Guinea, a country rich in minerals but plagued by entrenched poverty and a history of instability.

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Hopes of a new political dawn flowered when Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010, but critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian.

Diallo, meanwhile, spent 10 years in the government of autocratic leader Lansana Conte and was prime minister from 2004 to 2006. In 2007 he became the head of the opposition UFDG party.

Diallo is the eighth candidate to declare his intention to run in next month’s election. The deadline for filing applications to the Constitutional Court is on Tuesday at midnight.

Conde and former ministers Ousmane Kaba, Abdoul Kabele Camara and Ousmane Dore have already officially submitted their applications.


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